Viva La France!

Trip Start Aug 05, 2006
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Trip End Aug 19, 2007


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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

I´m not sure where to begin here. France is the largest country in western Europe and Paris is the heart of French government and culture. Since I only spent time in Paris I will not say much about the rest of the country and save it for some future travel. Paris seems to be both a very modern and ancient city. It is one of the trendiest cities in the World and also home to many architectural wonders and amazing museums.

During my time here I stayed at the Friend´s Hostel which is kinda in a more sketchy area of Paris but the staff seemed relatively friendly and I met several other interesting fellow travellers. The first place I decided to pay a visit to was the Musee d´Orsay which houses an impressive collection of my favorite style of art, impressionism. There are many famous works housed here from Monet, Manet, Pissarro, and Van Gogh. After spending a few hours there I decided to simply start walking and seeing where I ended up. I finally took a rest near the Arc de Triomphe which was commissioned by Napoleon commemorating his military victories.

At night it was time to head over to Paris´most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the spectacular light show. I must say that I was much more impressed by the Eiffel Tower in person because this thing is absolutely massive. No wonder they decided to use it as an antenna during the war. Although my hostel was not in the best area of town it was close to one interesting landmark, the Basilique du Sacre Coear. After dark it becomes a great party spot for young people where you can sit on the steps with your 2 Euro bottle of wine and enjoy a great view of the city below.

Another place I visited here were the catacombs where over 6 million people were buried after Paris´graveyards became over crowded and they even say the dead still walk these dark halls (See Pictures). I also took a day trip out to Versailles and stopped to take a few pictures of the famed Notre Dame. Au revoir Paris!
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